Trump Signs Joint Resolutions Killing Four Obama-era Regulations

On Monday, March 27, President Trump signed four separate Joint Resolutions of Congress to kill regulations issued under President Obama, the most notable of which being the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule.

The nullifications came about through the mechanism of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives Congress 60 session days after a regulation is issued to overturn it by majority votes in both houses, with no filibuster allowed in the Senate. The president can then sign or veto the resolutions.

From the whitehouse.gov site, here are the overturned regulations:

  • H.J.Res. 37, which nullifies the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National
    Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Federal Acquisition Regulation: ¬†Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces;
  • H.J.Res. 44, which nullifies the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management’s final rule relating to resource management planning;
  • H.J.Res. 57, which nullifies the Department of Education’s rule relating to State accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act; and
  • H.J.Res. 58, which nullifies the Department of Education’s rule relating to assessing the quality of teacher preparation programs.

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